Florence School District 1

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  • Superintendent Search Survey Results

    The Florence School District One Board of Education posted an on-line survey to seek public input about characteristics and experiences desired in a superintendent. The survey was posted on the district website from Feb. 19 until March 6, 2018. The survey was completed by 549 people. 

    The Superintendent Search Results are summarized here

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  • Students to Celebrate the Benefits of Walking

    Education News
    Florence School District One
    319 South Dargan Street  Florence, SC  29506
    Contact:  Pam Little-McDaniel, 843-669-4141

    For Release: April 23, 2018                                           

    Boosted by support from local businesses in Florence, McLaurin Elementary School will host a “Walking Celebration,” on Friday, April 27 beginning at 9:00 a.m. 

    This school-wide annual program is  designed to teach the students about the benefits of exercise.  This year's special guest is Dawn Smith Jordan, former Miss South Carolina and second runner up to Miss America.

    Donned in T-shirts funded by support of local businesses, the entire student body, along with faculty and staff members, will head out to the school’s track for a brisk walk right after a Friday morning assembly program.   Other invited guest are expected to join the walking crowd, including the Florence Redwolves mascot. A big picnic on the front lawn of the school will follow the walk.

    This year’s sponsors of the McLaurin Walking Celebration are RALDEX Hospitality Group, Carolinas Hospital System, Calvary Baptist Church and Kindergarten, Grace Medical Transport,  Pinnacle Network Solutions, S/W Printing, Domino’s Pizza, Florence Redwolves, Anderson Brothers Bank, First Reliance Bank, Fairway Mortgage, Edward Jones (Nathan Love), McLaurin APT, H&M Auto Service, Carolina Bank, South State Bank and Unique Landworks.

    Prior special guests at this celebration have included former professional athletes, the Florence City Fire Department, Florence County Emergency Medical Services, the Florence City Police Department, and other local personalities.

    For more information about the McLaurin Elementary School walking celebration, call Nancy Crooks or Deborah Cribb at McLaurin at 843.664.8457.


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  • Florence One Board of Trustees to Hold Called Meeting on Tuesday, April 24

    Education News
    Florence School District One
    319 South Dargan Street
    Florence, SC 29505 Contact: plittlemcdaniel@fsd1.org

    For Release: Monday, April 23, 2018

    Florence, SC - The Florence One Board of Trustees will hold a called meeting on Tuesday, April 24 at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Florence One School Administration which is located at 319 South Dargan Street.

    Agenda items include a discussion of matters relating to the employment of a superintendent for Florence School District One. .

    For more information call 843.669.4141.

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  • Florence One to Employ Use of Metal Detectors at All High School Locations

    Education News
    Florence School District One
    319 South Dargan Street
    Florence, SC   29506

    Contact: plittlemcdaniel@fsd1.org

    For Release:  April 18, 2018

    In an effort to increase safety at all high school locations in Florence School District One, metal detectors are being installed, and all persons will be screened using these detectors when they enter the school building. The screening process will be effective beginning in May.

    “We are so grateful to the Florence One Board of Trustees for moving expeditiously in support of school safety and for unanimously deciding to allocate funds to increase safety measures in our schools,” said Florence One Interim Superintendent Dr. Dan Strickland.  

    Last month, the Florence One Board of Trustees approved the funding of a comprehensive safety package that includes surveillance (camera) digital system replacement for all schools at a cost of $1.3 million.   In the plan is the immediate cost of code blue and front door access at all three high schools: (South Florence, $107,416; West Florence, $106,462; and Wilson, $98,091.) The Florence Career Center and the Alfred Rush Academy will also be equipped with these safety features.

    The metal detectors will be used in at least three locations on the high school campuses.  Using a Frequently Asked Questions Guide (F.A.Q.), each high school principal is providing information for parents that will address questions or concerns that parents may have regarding how the detectors will be used. This guide will be found on high school websites as well as the Florence School District One website beginning Monday, April 23. 

    Strickland noted that while funding has been allocated for metal detectors and camera upgrades, these strategies remain only a part of the total plan to ensure school safety. “Although these additional safety measures will be in place,” said Strickland, “we must continue to rely on everyone to immediately report to local authorities when there is even the slightest suspicion or fear that something out of the ordinary may happen. If you see something, say something. This is not just a cliche’, but it is a fact that could help save lives,” he added.

    School officials have echoed Strickland’s sentiments and maintain that parent and student reporting are among the strongest ways to ensure school safety. South Florence High School Principal Carol Hill said, “Families communicating what they know and voicing concerns that they have often help the school to respond quickly and proactively to keep students and staff safe.  When you know something or have a concern, please tell us,” she remarked.

    Hill and the other high school principals in Florence One will notify parents via Florence One’s telecommunication system regarding the specific dates and times of their parent informational meetings on this topic. Parents may also go to each high school website or to the Florence School District One website for more information regarding the use school metal detectors:  www.fsd1.org.

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